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Head Preparator/Art Handler


  • Exhibits a friendly and approachable demeanor with gallery staff, artists and clients; ensures strong communication is facilitated and deadlines are continually met
  • Knowledge of standard/safe art handling practices; adept at problem solving
  • Packaging, handling and organization of all manner of artwork and non-artwork; installs and de-installs onsite and off in temporary exhibitions and client viewing room appointments; packs and coordinates shipping of artworks safely (Fedex and FAS); anticipates and helps facilitate incoming shipments and deliveries; assists with loading and unloading of trucks for shipments and field jobs
  • Arranges and moves stored objects in off-site and on-site storage, maximizing spatial utilization while maintaining artwork safety
  • Inventory management of 1000+ objects; assists the gallery staff with registration of incoming and outgoing artworks; condition reports artworks on an as-needed basis
  • Keeps storage areas consistently clean, useable, and client-ready; inventories and readies supplies for outside gallery events, art fairs and exhibitions; administers reuse and recycling policies
  • Occasional driving of up to 16ft truck locally and some long distances
  • Prioritizes the safety of personnel and artworks, adhering to gallery operational guidelines at all times
  • Assists in upkeep of gallery equipment and physical surroundings; general wall repair and painting
  • May require occasional field work including packing, delivery, installation and presentations of artworks in client’s homes, offices and galleries
  • Attends weekly meetings and performs other related duties as required
  • Facilitate move-out of current gallery space and move-in of a new gallery space.


  • Minimum 3 years of experience in a museum, gallery or art shipping organization; demonstrated expertise in art handling techniques and storing practices.
  • Demonstrated concern for detail, accuracy and precise execution of work; ability to quickly identify and resolve problems, ensuring projects stay on schedule.
  • Works well independently and in a team; excellent communication skills, both verbally and written.
  • Valid drivers license.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs safely.
  • Proficient with Mac operating systems and software, including Adobe and Microsoft Suites; familiarity with G Suite.
  • BA in Visual Arts, Humanities, Art History or equivalent a plus.

How to Apply

Please email a single PDF that includes a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to No calls, please. We will respond only to applicants we intend to interview.

Average 25 to 30 hours/week

Contact Info:
Britton Bertran
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago